Given a MongoDB query cursor, process the results in parallel, up to the specified limit.

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import broadband from '';



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Given a MongoDB query cursor, process the results in parallel, up to the specified limit.

var broadband = require('broadband');
var cursor = mongoCollection.find({});

return broadband(cursor, 8, function(doc, callback) {
  // Up to 8 of these will be invoked simultaneously
  // Do something with doc, then...
  return callback(null);
}, function(err) {
  // All done


We wanted to work with MongoDB queries the way we work with async.eachLimit, but without yanking everything into memory at once with toArray.

Specifically, we wanted to resize some images in parallel, rather than waiting to do them one at a time. We have a MongoDB collection with information about all of the images. But there are a lot of them, so we don't want to yank all of that information into memory up front.

broadband wraps MongoDB's Cursor.nextObject with a queueing mechanism that allows several results to be processed at once, but only up to the limit you specify. You don't run out of memory due to too many image processes, you don't wait too long, and you don't have to load the entire array into memory at once. Everybody gets a medal.

What about errors?

If an error occurs, broadband will:

  1. Stop starting new iterator callbacks.
  2. Wait for any outstanding iterator callbacks to finish.
  3. Invoke the final callback (its third argument) with the first error it received.

Using broadband without mongodb

You can pass any object with a nextObject method as the "cursor." That method should invoke its callback with (err, object). If there is no error, object should be the next object retrieved from your data source. If there are no more objects, pass null as object.

About P'unk Avenue and Apostrophe

broadband was created at P'unk Avenue for use in many projects built with Apostrophe, an open-source content management system built on node.js. If you like broadband you should definitely check out


Feel free to open issues on github.



  • Adds support for both MongoDB 2 and 3 via the cursor next and nextObject methods.
  • Adds JS linting to the tests.


  • Declared 1.0.0 stable as this has long been a component of Apostrophe. Updated lodash dependency to satisfy npm audit.


  • Fixed a rare race condition which caused broadband to invoke its final callback more than once.


  • Initial release. With shiny unit tests, of course.